Former Gunner Nicklas Bendtner was in tears on Sunday, after coming off injured in one of his club’s final matches before the World Cup.
Bendtner currently plays in Norway, for Rosenborg BK, and he’s having a pretty good campaign in general. He has eight goals and a couple of assists for the club, helping them to second place in the table at this stage. As a result, he made the 27-man shortlist for the summer’s World Cup:
— Dansk Boldspil-Union (@DBUfodbold) May 27, 2018
However, the country won’t announce the final 23 until June 4th. Bendtner’s chances of getting in took a huge hit this weekend, when he came off with an injury in the 73rd minute of Rosenborg’s match against SK Brann.
Monday’s L’Equipe writes that the 30-year-old was in tears as he left the pitch. Initial reports suggest he has a groin injury, and could be out for between two and four weeks. That doesn’t completely rule him out of the World Cup, but it makes him a risk to take.
He’s now the obvious choice to drop for the final 23, unfortunately.
Bendtner spent ten years with Arsenal, from his youth days in 2004 to his eventual departure in 2014. He scored 47 goals and assisted 22 in his 171 matches for the club.
We wish him the best in his recovery, and hopefully he’ll beat the odds to make the World Cup.